this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at eight. theresa may has appealed to mp5 get behind her brexit deal. she says that rejecting the deal would lead to paralysis and endanger the departure from the eu.” would lead to paralysis and endanger the departure from the eu. i say that we should deliver for the british people and get on with building a brighter future for this country by backing the deal. building a brighter future for this country by backing the dealm building a brighter future for this country by backing the deal. it is clear, if the prime minister's deal is rejected tomorrow, it is time for a general election, it is time for a new government. new restrictions on combustion. air pollution tackling. jailed british iranian woman held in tehran has begun a hunger strike in protest at being denied specialist medical care. record—breaking levels
of snow continue to blanket parts of central europe, with more forecast over the next few days. andy murray has been knocked out of the australian open, following a five set thriller, against roberto bautista agut. the prime minister has told mps to look again at her deal ahead of tomorrow's crucial vote saying they should deliver on the brexit referendum result for the british people and get on with building a brighterfuture. she warned that if they don't back her plans, no brexit might be more likely than no deal. in a bid to support her, european leaders have written a letter giving more assurances over the future relationship between the uk and the eu including on the controversial backstop, the insurance policy to prevent a hard irish border if a trade deal isn't
negotiated by 2020. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, said if her deal is voted down, as is widely expected tomorrow night, a general election should be called. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. many photo opportunities. many polite conversations. many more than the number of minds she's changed for some weeks now. tomorrow parliament will give its verdict on the prime minister's brexit compromise. this is what a latch—ditch plea sounds like. i think the british people are ready for us to move on, to move on beyond division and come together. that is the chance mps of all parties will have tomorrow night and for our country's sake i urge them to take it. thank you. you say this is a good deal
but you know the majority of your colleagues simply disagree with you. at this late stage do you think you have a chance of changing their minds? i have seen mps when i've spoken to them who are, who recognise the importance of the decision that is being taken and saying they will support the deal where perhaps in the past they had some doubts about it. you've given away so many things... even on a soggy monday morning there is heat in the arguments outside. you just give them 125 million eu, clown. i am really annoyed and i had to come down today. i had to come down, it's disgusting, listening to them. she should do it off her own back. we voted to leave, we leave. end of. if we leave without a deal, or her deal, we are going to be in dire straits. whatever deal goes through will continue this war between brexit and no brexit. this might not feel like a grand occasion but these are some of the most important hours in theresa may's career. it's no surprise she's come to leave—supporting stoke
and she is speeding back to parliament where her real problem lies. most backbench brexiteers have real fears about the deal, worrying we'll be stuck in a close bind with the eu. but despite months of rows, some might still be prepared. as i told the prime minister when she called yesterday and as i've i've told every constituent i will listen to the debate very carefully. indeed i intend to participate in it this afternoon and tomorrow evening, when it's over, i will make my decision. see you soon, cheerio. but eurosceptics are not making friends by compromise, dozens of them including former cabinet ministers like him are dead set against theresa may's agreement. you have to balance the undoubted but manageable short—term risk with our what i think would be devastating economic and this is not for six months or a year, this is for our children. a smaller gang of theresa may's en mps believe the way out might be another referendum. if there is no majority and parliament is as deadlocked as we think it is then we might make
sense, but although we don't want it, that we consider going back to the people with a new referendum. and there were not many fans for her new promises. booing. a letter from the eu which vows to do everything possible to avoid the so—called backstop, the arrangement to avoid a hard border in ireland. the eu will not want this backstop to come into force on the exchange of letters today makes clear that if it did they would do all they could to bring it to an end as quickly as possible. so i say to members on all sides of this house, whatever you may have previously concluded, over these next 2a hours give this deal a second look. today's letter is nothing more than a repetition of exactly the same position that was pulled more than one month ago. it categorically does not give the legal issue and sees this house was promised and contains nothing but warm words and aspirations. there are needed to be legally binding changes to the withdrawal
agreement in order for it to have any chance of getting through this house. for the prime minister this is a compromise, keeping close ties with the eu after brexit to preserve the economy, taking charge here of issues like immigration. but with only 2a hours to go this place is a frenzy. long lists of mps putting forward ideas of their own. the trouble is, none of the rival groups agree. yet if, are likely when the deal goes down tomorrow night, it will still be for the prime minister to make the next move. laura kuenssberg, bbc news. the prime minister has warned of " pa ralysis in pa rliament" if her deal is rejected. yet it's expected to be voted down tomorrow evening, the question is by how much. our deputy political editorjohn pienaar looks at the implications of tomorrow's vote.
theresa may has been fighting against heavy odds and she still is to get her brexit deal approved. it's not all facing huge resistance, plans for citizens‘ rights, so europeans here can stay, are broadly in place. but even that is not settled on both sides. an end to free movement is a big part of the plan although the policy on who will be allowed into britain is still a work in progress. but the latest letters from brussels won't change the fact that mrs may is staring at defeat for her plan. the real problem is in the fine print. it allows a transition period, no great change, until the end of 2020, and a year more if wanted, until there is a full—fledged trade deal with the eu. if there is no deal in time there is the so—called backstop plan, to avoid the checks and searches no one wants on the eu's irish border. it means the uk staying under eu's customs rules. it will be temporary, as brussels says, until there is a trade deal, but how long is that? some believe years and that is a big
problem in the commons. mrs may needs a majority to win here. 320 mps or more, and she looks well short. why? there is only 317 tory mps, and the party is split. the tory brexiteers want clear of eu rules quickly, even if that means no deal. some want a hard expiry date on the backstop, other pro—european tories say "why leave the eu just to follow its rules with no say in writing them?" and of course, the dup who prop up her government fear different treatment for northern ireland will weaken the union. as for labour they are split too on brexit but nearly all want to defeat mrs may's or her deal or both. if she wins, triumph, and on to brexit day on march 29. if she loses, and that's the betting, there will be a number of votes and the bigger the defeat the weaker her position, the decisive battle of brexit begins in earnest. in the commons and behind—the—scenes. while theresa may prepares to try again, labour will pick its moment for a vote of no confidence in the government they know they are most unlikely to win.
the plotting will be about who takes control of brexit. most mps would oppose no deal. several ministers would resign and now there is an alliance of mps hoping to seize control after any defeat from mrs may. roll out a new deal brexit and mobilise a majority across the main parties behind a new plan backed by law. their aim and the aim of many other mps, maybe delay brexit until there is a fresh plan. maybe a softer brexit deal, closer to the eu, similar to norway's. or maybe a new referendum. it could end in no brexit at all. talking up the chances of a no brexit might help to get brexiteer rebels on side, that's mrs may's hope. but the danger to mrs may, mps might succeed in seizing control. her best hope of scaring rebels into line
could become her worst nightmare. how does it all end? that is anyone's guess. the next big scene in this drama will be played out in westminster tomorrow. let's speak to our political correspondent iain watson at westminster. the debate continuing, liam fox opening up the proceedings a couple of hours ago. any sense that theresa may has been convincing through the day, in getting more mps tojoin her? she made the appeal earlier on to have a second look at a deal to ta ke to have a second look at a deal to take a closer look at that deal, in the past few minutes, a former conservative leader iain duncan smith has been speaking in parliament and what he has been saying is any reassurances and this question of the irish backstop, avoiding the hard border, simply are not good enough, the prime minister had said this would have legal false, that has not convinced iain duncan smith campaigning for leave.
—— who of course campaigned for lee. there has been a private meeting of conservative mps with the prime minister, that broke up 12 or 15 minutes ago, again, very well received, banging of desks, people expressed personal approval for the prime minister, no sense that when people came out that physicians had shifted anything like as dramatically as would be needed to get a deal through parliament. some people saying that while she was coming across quite strongly, with a decent message, to backbenchers, giving a relatively good performance, problem is there is nothing of substance. her argument was basically this, she had to deliver on brexit and no outcome other than a deal would deliver, and secondly, she sought this admission to keepjeremy corbyn away from number ten downing st. although mps, some of them would agree with that particular aim, what they wanted to
know was that she was prepared and able to get more from brussels in order to try to get this deal through, and she could not give them those kind of assurances. no talk at all of extending article 50, suggested by some mps on both sides of the house that perhaps brexit should be delayed, to allow for more negotiations, no sign of that whatsoever. and also, she would not discuss any scale, potential scale of defeat tomorrow night, in the crucial vote. incidentally, of defeat tomorrow night, in the crucialvote. incidentally, meeting elsewhere in parliament, almost the same time, jeremy corbyn, talking to his own mps, a meeting described by one associate close to him as a respectful meeting, others have who we re respectful meeting, others have who were more critical of him suggested it was dull. his message was that the labour party would not be held to ransom over the threat of no deal, and were not going to be blackmailed by theresa may into giving her their support. 0k, blackmailed by theresa may into giving her their support. ok, you
say that theresa may is not willing to go into any particular detail about the potential scale of any defeat tomorrow, if that is what transpires ? but the numbers will determine whether or not, once she survives as leader and stays on as prime minister, whether the european union might be willing to have a look at the deal again. this is the hope of some long—standing leave campaigners, staunch brexiteers by her side, if she is defeated and defeated decisively, then what would be expected is that brussels will ta ke be expected is that brussels will take another look, try to give some of the legal guarantees that they have been requesting on the temporary nature of the irish backstop, and what we will be seeing tomorrow is a range of amendments, which may or may not be taken, this is down to the speakers discretion, measures which would strengthen the deal, in that respect, so, for example, giving mps the say over whether to trigger the backstop
arrangements to avoid a hard border in ireland in the first place, an amendment which would suggest there isa time amendment which would suggest there is a time limit on it by the end of 2021, britain could come out of it. another that says britain should be able to move out of this unilaterally. if all of those were passed alongside the deal, she would be in passed alongside the deal, she would beina passed alongside the deal, she would be in a position to say, these are the kind of things you need to give me in order to get this through and get proper ratification of the deal. however, the way things stand at the moment, doesn't look as though her deal, even as amended, would get through, because people in the european research groups, long—standing leave campaigners, simply say that it is not provable at the moment and they want brussels to move first. thank you very much. what are people who voted in the referendum make of this? mark easton has been to york, it voted to
remain, to gauge the views there. when politics got too hostile in london, charles i moved his court here to york in 1642. the current parliamentary deadlock and public divisions over brexit are said to have echoes of the national schism that lead to civil war. so we have come to the merchants' hall, a building that has hosted debate in this city for centuries. we asked eight local people, four who voted to leave, four to remain, for a one—word description of the state of british politics. confused. appalling. messy. confused. childish. unsettled. confusing. confused. it's an absolute shambles, nobody knows what they are doing, they are arguing. i think it makes us look a complete embarrassment. i totally agree with that, it is an embarrassment to be british really. these people have been tasked with getting the future right for the whole country going forward from now and all they seem to be doing is fighting amongst themselves and not pulling together. i voted remain but rather than arguing just get on with it and just crack on. a majority in york voted to remain at the referendum but passions
run deep on both sides. arguments over brexit seem to be becoming increasingly shrill on social media and on the streets. it is like somebody has opened a box and it is ok to say these awful things because it relates to the whole shambles that the country is in because of brexit. i think a lot of people who voted to maybe leave thought that the immigration would stop and we would open the gates and say bye, see you later. where i work we have got teenagers with those views who don't understand what they are saying. some people have said if we were to have a second referendum, the reaction of those who voted to leave could be violent. yes, i think there would be a lot more tension in the country if there was a second referendum, definitely. established to give northern england more of a say over its affairs, kings manor in york was once home to the council of the north. a bbc poll suggests more than 80% of people in york now believe they have little or no control over government decisions
that affect their city. i feel like they are in this bubble fighting amongst themselves and we are alljust on the outside looking into this bubble. i think being further north as well we have that distance. where do we end up? i can personally see it going to another general election the way it is going at the moment because there isjust so much fighting within parliament. i still think it is half and half or thereabouts, either way it is going to go. the general election is going to sort nothing out. we should go to no deal in my humble opinion. no deal. i voted leave, i feel that i was totally uninformed. if there was a referendum again tomorrow, it may be different. so a second referendum on the deal? if you know what the deal is before you are asked to vote, then perfect. you can'tjust keep going to this referendum, can you? you vote for an mp and they voice your opinion as a constituent. but they are not doing it. i can't think of any other industry where this would be allowed.
top, high directors and management arguing. you wouldn't get away with it. you have elected your mps to voice your opinions so they should sort it out amongst themselves. but they are not? no, exactly. that is the problem. what do we do? if it comes to no deal, no deal. so, finally, we want to know how do you feel about your country right now, about britain. i want you to write down a word that describes your mood. indecisive. tired. positive. unsure. chirpy. sad. at the beginning of a tumultuous week for the nation's democracy citizens seem apprehensive but determined to make the best of things. fortitude and fear in equal measure. mike easton, bbc news, europe. for the past few days, mps have been
debating ahead of the crucial vote tomorrow, we have some of the highlights here on the bbc news channel. headlines: prime minister has said mps risk letting the british people down if they do not back her brexit withdrawal agreement in parliament tomorrow. labour says she faces a humiliating defeat. wood—burning stoves, open fires and farms all face new restrictions as the government outlined plans to tackle air pollution in england. a british iranian woman, in prison in tehran has begun a hunger strike at being denied specialist medical care. what is happening in the world of sport. we will have the latest from
the manchester city premier league match against wolves in a moment but first, the big story, really, in football, the departure of david wagner, as the manager of huddersfield town, he led them to promotion in the premier league in 2017, kept them up last season with a 16th place finish but they have struggled this season, just 11 points from 22 games, they are eight points from 22 games, they are eight points adrift of safety. head coach mark hudson will take charge of the next league game against manchester city on sunday. the chairman has said he had no intention of sacking david wagner, ina intention of sacking david wagner, in a statement released he said: former huddersfield goalkeeper matt glennon feels that the new manager will need to try and lift the club. it has gone a bit stale, we need
someone, it has gone a bit stale, we need someone, like the man who has gone into southampton, he has brought real life to them, we knew they had them in them, but he needed somebody to bring them out. we need somebody to bring them out. we need somebody to get a tune out of these players which has not been right the last few weeks. manchester city can narrow the gap between themselves and league leaders liverpool if they beat wolverhampton wanderers, 15, 20 minutes into the game, they are leading, 1—0 at the etihad stadium, gabrieljesus with the goal in the tenth minute, and wolves have gone down to ten men, straight red for boly for a tough challenge. tottenham are investigating an allegation of racism against winger son hueng—min by one of their own supporters during yesterday's game against manchester united at wembley. the claim was made during the game by a spurs fan on social media. it's understood tottenham have spoken to the fan who made the allegation. they will now work with the fan and stadium safety officials to try and identify the individual alleged
to have abused son. doctor richard freeman will face a charge that he ordered testosterone to enhance the performance of an athlete, he is alleged to have lied to conceal his motive for the order of 30 sachets of the substance to the national cycling centre in manchester, that was back in 2011, the use of testosterone by athlete is banned at all times. his case will be heard at an independent medical practitioners in manchester which starts in february sick. —— february six. andy murray says he will decide in the next week if he will undergo a second hip operation following his first round defeat to roberta bautista agut
at the australian open. murray could take four months off and prepare for a possible final appearance at wimbledon or undergo more hip surgery. the operation would dramatically increase his quality of life, but it might mean he'd never being able to play professional tennis again. it is difficult, because, i always wanted to finish playing at wimbledon, if tonight was my last match, like i said, it would be a great way to finish, it was an amazing atmosphere, really good match against a quality opponent. but, then, yeah, there is a bit of me,| but, then, yeah, there is a bit of me, iwant but, then, yeah, there is a bit of me, i want to keep playing tennis but i can't do it with this hip that i have right now. the only option i have, if i want to do that, i have to have the surgery, but i know, there is a strong possibility that i won't be able to come back and play after that. but it is my only option ifi after that. but it is my only option if i want to come and play again, for longer than one event at wimbledon. that is kind of the decision that i have to make.
that is all your support for now, time to tell you before we go, to low a file it out is set to miss the six nations after again breaking his arm, he suffered another break during the game with wasps at the weekend, we will have lots more on that and the rest of the day sport on sports day at half past ten. —— taulupe faletau. wood burning stoves, open fires and the use of chemicals on farms all face new restrictions under government plans to tackle air pollution. the clean air strategy for england aims to reduce pollution caused by particulates across much of the country by 2030. but green groups have criticised the scheme for not going far enough. this report from our science editor david shukman contains some flashing images. blow! squeeze, squeeze, squeeze. research into the effects of air pollution. in a major study 3000 children in london and luton are having their lungs tested.
it is known that the growth of children's lungs can be stunted by dirty air. what do you know about air pollution? it is really bad for your lungs. children are especially vulnerable because they are growing very rapidly and it seems clear that pollution particularly affects the development of organs, whether it is the brain or the lungs for example. and another little bear... ella kissi—debrah suffered from asthma. her family say air pollution contributed to her death six years ago and they want permission to apply for a new inquest. standing in all this traffic with the smell and taste of pollution it is hard to believe that britain's air has actually got cleaner in recent decades. but at the same time scientists have found out more and more about the damage that dirty air can do to us which is why ministers are under pressure to take action. farming is one key source of pollution. ammonia is given off by fertilisers. the government is planning new rules to limit this. there will also be tighter controls on what is burned in stoves. they are attractive features
but amazingly each one releases more tiny pollution particles than a diesel truck and logs that are wet are the worst. i totally understand the need to restrain or try to protect the environment so we try and use obviously logs that are seasoned, but i wouldn't be happy if i wasn't allowed to use it. hardest of all is cutting pollution from traffic. the government has told councils to come up with plans. but some of them say they are not getting enough money. it is very frustrating for us despite the fact all the work that we have done is based on our best assessment of what we need to support it, the government aren't coming forward with the funding we think is needed. let's check that this one fits you properly.
back at the school's project the children are fitted with monitors to track the air they are exposed to. the state of their lungs will show how well or badly the government is fighting pollution. david shukman, bbc news. police have arrested 55 men in connection with historical child sex abuse cases in west yorkshire between 2002 and 2009. the arrests have taken place over the past few months and include men from batley, dewsbury, and bradford. all those arrested were interviewed and released under investigation. the claims by seven women relate to alleged abuse against them as children. man has been arrested after wielding a machete at tulsa hill station, there are no reported injuries. the husband of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, the british—iranian woman detained in tehran,
says she's begun a hunger strike in protest at being denied specialist medical care. she was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, a claim she denies. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt summoned the iranian ambassador to the uk and said the situation was unacceptable. caroline hawley reports. this was nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe nearly three years ago after taking her young daughter to tehran to visit family. she thought she was going home when she was approached by iran's revolutionary guards. since then she has been held for more than a thousand days and it has taken a huge toll on her physical and mental health. these pictures broadcast on iranian tv last week for the first time added to the pressure on her. but there was something else her husband richard said today that pushed her into going on hunger strike. they tried to pressure her to become a spy for iran against the uk, specifically to spy on the department for international trade and an organisation called small media which the revolutionary guard keep trying to link her to, like in the film of last week, but which she has no connection to. since she was briefly released last summer
and reunited with her daughter, mr ratcliffe says she has not been allowed any specialist medical treatment for neurological problems and lumps in her breasts. he told me the stakes for her were very high. she certainly felt it was her last resort and certainly before christmas she was pretty desperate to get home. she said it. now i hope it is not last, last resort and that she does it until she ends up in hospital. but, yes, she is not doing it lightly. this afternoon the iranian ambassador to the uk was summoned to the foreign office. the foreign secretary jeremy hunt has called nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe's hunger strike a truly terrible indictment of iran's approach and says he won't rest until she is home. caroline hawley, bbc news. we will have the latest on the debate in the commons over brexit but first, the weather forecast. before colder air arrives, we will
have milderair before colder air arrives, we will have milder air arriving, before colder air arrives, we will have milderairarriving, and it cotties have milderairarriving, and it comes with a good deal of cloud. if you breaks and a little chilly for a while, but increasing amounts of cloud on this west to south—westerly wind, some rain, mainly across scotland, could be quite heavy rain in the highlands. temperatures of 46 degrees overnight and a milderday temperatures of 46 degrees overnight and a milder day to come today than tomorrow. there will still be that rain especially across northern parts, drizzle around western hills and coasts, further east, may be the cloud breaking up a little to allow sunshine. 0n the whole, breezy day, south—westerly wind, a lot of cloud, milder than today, nine to ii degrees. 0n milder than today, nine to ii degrees. on wednesday, we will see rain on these weather fronts pushing down, colder air, you rain on these weather fronts pushing down, colderair, you can rain on these weather fronts pushing down, colder air, you can see rain on these weather fronts pushing down, colderair, you can see it, arriving later, across scotland, and northerly wind pushing across the country by thursday. hello, this is bbc news.
the headlines... theresa may has appealed to mps to get behind her brexit deal, she says rejecting the agreement tomorrow will lead to paralysis in parliament and endanger the departure from the eu. i say we should deliver for the british people and get on with building a brighter future for our country by backing this deal tomorrow. it is clear if the prime minister's deal is rejected tomorrow, it is time for a general election, it is time for a new government. wood-burning stoves, open fires and farms or face new restrictions as the government outlines plans to tackle air pollution in england —— all face. the jailed british woman nazanin
zaghari—ratcliffe has begun a hunger protest. last week mps began five days of debate on the government's brexit deal ahead of tomorrow's crucial vote. tonight the house of commons will sit until the early hours, with more than 80 mps due to take part. each night we've been looking at some of the key moments. this evening — alicia mccarthy from bbc parliament — joins us from westminster. good evening. a different theme every night, what is the subject today? a different theme every single day and tonight it was international trade. mps did not get round to this debate until quite late this evening because of the statement from theresa may. she was trying to persuade mps to back her deal but when they did finally get round to it it was all about international trade and so we heard
first from liam fox and he was painting a rosy picture about what the uk could achieve when we have left the eu. at the same time as the proportion of our exports to the eu has fallen, we are trading more with other partners around the world. we export a huge variety of commodities, we sold £22 billion worth of food and drink abroad in 2017, and in the year to november 2018 we sold £38 billion worth of cars, 25 billions worth of medicinal and pharmaceutical products, and 25 billion pounds worth of mechanical power generated products from aircraft engines to gas turbines and steam generators to nuclear reactors, and so much for britain not producing anything any more. we are actually experiencing a renaissance in manufacturing in this country. liam fox said it wasn't
just manufacturing and a briton was also leading the way in the services sector and indeed when it came to buying and selling goods online —— and britain. what about labour? they had a different view. barry gardiner said the whole debate from start to finish had been all about choices and he said that theresa may had made the wrong choices at every single turn. she should have recognised that when our fellow citizens are divided 52—48%, this is not the time to go back in the political bunker, this is the time to reach out. she should have reached out and tried to build a consensus across reached out and tried to build a consensus across parliament that would have united our country. that would have united our country. that would have united our country. that would have been leadership. instead, she doubled down, she put her party interests before the country and tried to appease the erg. i don't deny the prime minister has shown
steel and determination. but there a point at which steel and determination becomes obstinacy and recklessness. and she has gone far beyond it. in the labour party, we consistently argued that parliament must be properly consulted and fully involved. he said the government had taken the wrong approach and other policies affecting the economy, for example, immigration, where he said immigration from the eu was now going down but from other parts of the world it was continuing to go up. 80 mps are going to take part this evening. the session is going to end when everyone else is well asleep. quite a few heavyweights have been on their feet including a former party leader of the conservatives. we have heard from iain duncan smith, a keen brexiteer. he was talking about the amount of money that the uk is going to give to the eu as part of the divorce
bill. that was one of his concerns, and he was also worried about the northern ireland border which is a lot of concern for brexiteer mps and the agreement which has been reached over preventing the hard border. iain duncan smith said we have agreed to give the eu £39 billion and he had serious concerns about that. when you have given them the most negotiating —— important negotiating stance we have come up it will then lead into the most important part, the trade deal. you don't want to end up in a spitting walk up you want a good arrangement. the problem we have got is right now, as it stands, this £39 billion is hinged on nothing at all other than they get it regardless. that is no than they get it regardless. that is no incentive for them to produce any sort of trade arrangement that we would want and that is what worries
me. his concern is not that we have agreed to pay the money, but also the fact that it has already been signed off if you like and we have lost the leveraged when it comes to getting a trade deal. we all know which way the snp are going to vote tomorrow. their spokesperson on the economy has been talking. yes, the snp have staunchly been for the uk staying in the eu, that is their preferred choice. kirsty blackman was setting out what she said would be the really bad consequences for the whole of the uk economy, when we leave the eu. mark carney from the bank of england said brexit has already cost families £900. £900 per family. given that we have had so many years of austerity, this is £900 that very few can afford easily. the chancellor himself said,
clearly, remaining in the eu would bea clearly, remaining in the eu would be a better outcome for the economy. and that is absolutely the case. remaining in the eu would be a better outcome for the economy, therefore we will be poorer as a result of the uk choosing to leave the eu, and this is why organisations like the cbi who said they are watching in horror, this is why they are watching in horror, because of the foreseeable economic catastrophe that the uk is choosing to bring upon itself. she would like article 50, the process by which the uk leaves the eu, to be suspended, and for there to be a second referendum in the hope of a different outcome, no doubt. indeed. what happens now? this is the beginning of the debate in parliament this evening, and the frontbenchers took nearly two hours to make their points, and there are 80 mp5 to make their points, and there are 80 mps who are down to speak tonight, so we are expecting this
debate to continue until two o'clock tomorrow morning. tomorrow is the big date, and that is when we finally get the votes on this. those votes are likely to start around seven o'clock and so we should have some idea of what is going on sometime between 715 and nine tomorrow night. we will leave it there. thanks for joining tomorrow night. we will leave it there. thanks forjoining us. well, that's it for brexit: the debate. let's stay with brexit. the prime minister's task of passing the withdrawal agreement through parliament took another hit today, with the resignation of assistant whip gareth johnson. he says the deal theresa may has struck with the eu would be ‘detrimental to our nation's interests.‘ i have looked at the deal from when
it was first announced and i was in the whips office at that time and i knew there were significant issues that i had with it. it did not enable us to leave in a clear way the eu and it created divisions down the eu and it created divisions down the irish sea between northern ireland and the rest of the uk, and it caused problems with the amount of money being handed over without any trade agreement. i was encouraging the prime minister to go back to brussels and try to change the terms of the agreement which she did. it now transpires that there will be now significant —— there will be now significant —— there will be no significant change to the steel before the meaningful vote and asa steel before the meaningful vote and as a consequence and as the government whip i have had to resign because i cannot vote for the steel and asa because i cannot vote for the steel and as a government whip i can‘t then keep that position if i‘m going to be acting to the contrary of what the government is asking us to do —— i cannot vote for this deal. with me now to discuss what might happen next with the brexit process, is tim durrant from the institute for government.
time to be mystic meg. look into the crystal ball and what is going on, because no one else seems to know? what do you think will happen tomorrow? is it more than likely that theresa may will lose? that is the clear expectation. not clear by how big the margin will be. some people have said they might come round to it but as we have seen, or government resignations —— more government resignations —— more government resignations. is it possible to guess how big the defeat will be? quite significant, it won't be close, i don‘t think. will be? quite significant, it won't be close, i don't think. the suggestion has been according to our correspondent at westminster, that the government feels if it is anything up to a hundred, she is safe, but beyond that, up to 200, it will get very difficult indeed. and
especially difficult for the eu to decide that it is worth making any potential changes. do those figures ring true? that is right. the eu wa nt to ring true? that is right. the eu want to know that whoever they are negotiating with can get the deal over the line, so if parliament rejects the prime minister‘s deal the eu need a clear sense of what they want instead and that is what is missing. the commons is agreed they don‘t want the prime minister‘s deal and they don‘t want no deal but there is no agreement amongst mps as to the alternative. that could be where we get the indicative votes? absolutely. 0ne where we get the indicative votes? absolutely. one possibility is that the amendments that mps lay, using the amendments that mps lay, using the indicative votes, so if support coalesces around a particular amendment to the government motion, that might show the direction of where the house of commons is likely to go, which will be useful for the prime minister if she is defeated as expected, in taking that back to the eu and saying this is what the commons will support, can you give
me this? a lot of discussion about the irish backstop, the guarantee to prevent a hardboard on the island of ireland if there is no future trade agreement. is that the fundamental sticking point? will that bring the dup on board if that was sorted out? it is one of the big ones, but both the eu and the uk government have been clear that the backstop, there has to be a former backstop the agreement. without the backstop she said there is no deal. getting rid of it completely is not going to happen. it is not the only issue that people have with the deal, and for some it is the fact the uk is paying these billions of pounds as pa rt paying these billions of pounds as part of the financial settlement and for others it is the fact that the transition period means the uk will be bound by eu laws but won‘t have a say over them for at least two years so there are many issues. some people feel we still don‘t know where the direction of travel is for the future relationship, because this is just the exit and we haven‘t
started talking about what comes next. if you are labour and you want a permanent customs union you can criticise this. and if you are a brexiteer and you want a loose arrangement, you can criticise this. is it possible to define how far the eu is to go —— is willing to go to accommodate theresa may? they have said consistently this is the only deal on the table, jean—claude juncker and donald tusk and also eu leaders, they have all been clear this is the best deal that we can see at the moment, but if there is a clear request from the uk government potentially there could be movement but it needs a definitive ask from the uk. it is mid-day wednesday afternoon, we have had the vote tomorrow night, theresa may has lost as is the suggestion for most people, what happens? all eyes will
turn to the labour party and there has been talk about them and tabling a motion of no confidence and jeremy corbyn said it would be soon. not clear if they do it immediately on tuesday night after the defeat or within the next couple of days but given the amount of pressure building up on them you would expect it to be within 12 hours. the question is, does the government survive that vote? the dup have said they will vote with the government so the expectation is that although they might lose the meaningful vote, they might lose the meaningful vote, they will survive the vote of no confidence, and then labour, with a push for a second referendum? the government, we they wait until next week and then try to scrap or something together? —— will they wait. we have seen that this kind of struggle, this tussle between the executive, the government and parliament, the legislature, who is winning? at the moment. the
government is still in charge of parliamentary business, but they are a minority government and so coupled with the divisiveness and the toxic nature of the brexit debate, people are digging in, so i think we will see parliament continuing to assert itself over the coming weeks and months. thanks forjoining us. president trump has denied working for russia — pouring scorn on media reports over the weekend that the fbi had two years ago — investigated whether he had acted against us interests. trump‘s relations with moscow have clouded his presidency from the beginning — but he has long dismissed as a hoax and a "witch hunt" the federal investigation into his election campaign. i never worked for russia and you know that answer better than anyone, i never worked for russia, not only didi i never worked for russia, not only did i never worked for russia but i think it is a disgrace that you even ask that question because it is a big hoax. it isjust a hoax.
the mayor of the polish city of gdansk has died in hospital — a day after being stabbed on stage in front of a large crowd at a charity concert. pawel adamowicz — who was 53 — was attacked by a man who claimed he‘d been wrongfully jailed by the mayor‘s former party, the civic platform. a 27—year—old man has been arrested. a cargo plane has crashed near the iranian capital, tehran, has killed 15 people. the boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a house in a residential area while trying to land at fath airport in poor weather. the cargo aircraft was transporting meat from kyrgyzstan‘s capital bishkek. a flight engineer was the only survivor. investigators have found a black box from the plane. the headlines on bbc news... the prime minister has said mps risk letting the british people down if they don‘t back her brexit withdrawal agreement in parliament tomorrow. labour says she faced a
humiliating defeat. wood—burning stoves, open fires and farmers face new restrictions as the government outlined its plan to tackle air pollution in england. the giant british iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe in prison in iran has begun a hunger strike in protest at being denied specialist care. record—breaking snow has continued to blanket parts of europe. over the weekend, at least five people were killed as avalanches hit skiing areas — and over 20 people have died in the region during the last month. the situation is particular severe in the austrian alps, from where our correspondent bethany bell reports. the ski resort of hochkar in the central austrian alps is sinking in snow. it was evacuated a week ago because of the danger of avalanches. now, soldiers and firefighters are trying to dig it out. it‘s going to take a long time. the snow is several storeys high.
translation: this is the ground floor here, but on the second storey it actually looks pretty much the same. this happened over the last six or seven days. it started to snow, and really didn‘t stop. in the nearby town of annaberg, the streets are deserted. getting around is difficult. people are staying indoors if they can. some of the snow piles here in annaberg are taller than i am. it‘s been a very long time since this region has had such a hard winter, and it‘s an uphill battle to try and keep the roads clear. this street near the school will have to be cleared again soon. over the weekend, three skiers from germany died in an avalanche in lech in western austria. they were found on a ski route that had been closed off.
a fourth person is still missing. rescue workers had to call off their search as it was too dangerous to continue. bethany bell, bbc news, annaberg, in the austrian alps. whichever way the commons vote on brexit goes tomorrow night on theresa may‘s plans, there are increasing concerns about how parts of the uk economy will cope. there‘s a severe shortage of lorry drivers in the country, and it‘s an ageing workforce, too. many companies have become reliant on eastern european drivers. transport bosses say they‘ll struggle to find the workers they need to transport the uk‘s food, medicines and raw materials. sarah corker reports. they are the people who keep our shop shelves stacked, our parcels delivered and our trade moving. normally i‘m in france at least once a week. but there is a severe shortage of lorry drivers, an estimated 52,000 vacancies. so many people retiring. not many coming into it. paying 2.5k to get your hgv licence,
not many people want to do that. for decades european lorry drivers have filled the gap making up 13% of all uk truckers but brexit means some like this man are leaving. moving things upstairs. after 12 years this is his last day in england. you don‘t want us any more in the uk. since brexit the pound has gone down and the prices have gone up. start to be hard living here as well. future immigration rules could make it harderfor eu drivers to work here. migrants could have to earn at least £30,000 before they‘re allowed to come to britain on five—year visas. low skilled migrants can get temporary one—year visas if they have jobs. it confirmed our worst fears, that there will be this cap
the £30,000 threshold salary, smaller hauliers and hgv drivers who are starting out won‘t be earning those salaries. we could lose access to quite a significant number of drivers. labour shortages aren‘t the only concern — at the moment we have frictionless, free—flowing trade with europe, complex supply chains perfected over many decades and some businesses now see delays and disruption at the ports, especially in the south of england as inevitable. if we have a so—called harsh brexit and we come out of the customs union that will give us some severe indigestion over a period of months, possibly longer. what do you make of how the government is handling all of this? i think we‘ve been badly let down by this generation of politicians. brexiteers argue those economic concerns can be overcome. back on the road vic explains why he voted out. i want england to be great again and we‘re not.
we are under eec regulations, telling us how to run the country. at the port of halt this man says farewell to life in england. i think brexit will change eve ryone's life. this is the biggest shake—up of the immigration system for decades, and businesses warn the changes will send ripples through the country. now, do you want to look like a bollywood star on your big day? the demand for luxury indian bridal wear is increasing in the uk partly due to social media. photos of bollywood stars tying the knot have inspired brits to want the same. top indian fashion designers gathered in london this weekend for a wedding show. bbc asian network‘s haroon rashid was there. luxury indian bridal wear has never been more in demand. thousands of british asians filled a swanky mayfair hotel to meet the men and women behind the designs and to
discuss the possibility of wearing something similar to the stars. the last four months has been chaotic, we have had several weddings, and bollywood and fashion has worked together many times to create fashion awareness and many people benefit at the grass level, many people getjobs and that is exciting. some of these designer outfits are as expensive as western designer labels and many british asians thought they were unaffordable and exclusive to the elite. the bride is very clear on which design she wants for a specific function, and i think that isa specific function, and i think that is a phenomenal change. they have taken this torch to get the originals from india. people have
been talking about brexit but i have not seen any downturn in people spending on haute couture at all. people are able to get the replica because they have gone down on pricing. not just because they have gone down on pricing. notjust affordability that has changed, but also an increase in access, whether that be in person or on the internet. the moment a celebrity wares you, within minutes eve ryo ne celebrity wares you, within minutes everyone gets to know, and within minutes we have questions on instagram and e—mail. i have addressed the likes of beyonce, it is amazing that social media connects you to the consumer directly with no time lost. the bride spent a fortune at the show with designers tailoring hundreds of off the rack pieces for british asians wanting that extra bit of glamourfor their big asians wanting that extra bit of glamour for their big day. the world‘s oldest desert
is to be blessed with one of the most listened—to songs, "africa" by the band, toto. the artist, max siedentopf has set up a sound installation in the namibian coastal desert to play on a loop. it‘s in tribute to the soft rock classic. the 1982 track is a quadruple platinum seller, and was the most streamed song in 2017 with over 440 million views on youtube. now it‘s time for a look at the weather. we can cross the newsroom. good evening. it has been a mild winter so far and we are likely to get some cold air and we will get it later this week, not just get some cold air and we will get it later this week, notjust yet. the really cold air is to the north of the uk, north of those weather
fronts and before it gets colder, we will find temperatures rising. 0ver the past few hours we have had clearer skies in parts of norfolk and suffolk and this is where we have had the lowest temperatures, but there is more cloud coming in from the atlantic, we have the weather front draped across northern parts of scotland and that will mean some outbreaks of rain here. 0therwise generally dry overnight and typical temperatures around 4—6. as we head into tomorrow it will be a milder day, fairly breezy, south—westerly wind, the rain mainly in the north west of scotland, it could be heavy towards the highlands and may be some drizzle around western hills but the best of any sunshine towards the east, and on the whole a cloudy day, but milder than today. 9—11. we keep the mild air overnight but eventually we get colder air coming down from the north behind the second weather front. the first weather front is a
cold front. the really cold air still to come. that cold front is producing this rain that moves towards the south—east of england and east anglia on wednesday. to the north we have outbreaks of rain following and that will turn to sleet and snow in scotland, initially over the hills, but later to lower levels in the far north of the country as the cold air begins to dig in, but across england and wales we still have 9—10 degrees. the weather front moves south, we really draw down the northerly wind and this drags down the colder air across the whole of the country and we end up with a frost to begin with on thursday morning. from northern england north, isuspect. further south, a bit too much cloud around overnight. and then the northerly wind, strong in northern and eastern scotland, that we were dragged in wintry showers but away from here the winds will be light and there
will be sunshine around. maybe a cold crisp winter day, lots of dry weather to come, and with clear skies overnight we are looking at a frost to start the day on friday morning and a bit more sunshine for friday itself. i will see you later. hello, i‘m ros atkins, this is 0utside source — at the start of a momentous week for the uk. tomorrow, parliament seems certain to reject theresa may‘s brexit deal. but the prime minister is urging mps to back hers. china has sentenced a canadian to death, it‘s widely seen as the latest move in a deepening diplomatic row. did president trump ever work for russia? well, here‘s his answer. not only did i never work for russia, i think it is a disgrace